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137th Voluntary Infantry Unit



This is a very brief history of the 137th NY. It was involved in some of the major battles during the latter part of the war in VA.

The 137th New York Volunteer Infantry was organized at Binghampton, N. Y., Sept 25, 1862 with David Ireland Colonel: Koert S. Van Voorhees of Ithaca, Lieutenant-Colonel. A thousand men were raised in ten companies. Four companies were raised in Broome County, three in Tioga County and three in Tompkins County. Company H was raised from Tompkins Co. NY. Follow this link to find a roster for Company H, along with other information.

Follow this link to find enlistment registers, which usually includes the soldiers age and place of enlistment.

The regiment left the state, Sept 27, 1862, and travelled by rail to Frederick, MD via Elmira, Williamsport and Baltimore and Washington DC. They arrived there 12 days after the battle of Antietam.

This unit fought at Chancellorville, with heavy losses. Within 8 months time of incorporation, the unit had lost 475 men to death, disease or discharges for disabilities. My own gr grandfather, Richard Hall was one of these men, leaving the unit due to a disabiling wound. He would later re-enlist in a PA unit, presumably trying to hide his earlier discharge.

The regiment lost another 25 men before Gettysburg, arriving there 450 strong.1. By the time the battle was over, the unit had lost another 137 men:   40 killed, 87 wounded and 10 missing or captured by the enemy.

John M. Farrington wrote a 22 page long history of the unit which is on file at the Broome County clerks office.

John Albert told me he is willing to act as a contact for information on the 137th. He has also been kind enough to supply me with Farrington's work in text form so I could turn it into a web page. Here is the complete text of the unit history.

After the surrender, the corps marched to Alexandria on May 19th, 1865, and participated in the Grand Review., May 24, 1865.

The 137th mustered out June 9, 1865.

The War of the Rebellion Journal contains references to the 137th on the following pages:

Series I, Vols. 19, 21, 25, 27, 29-32, 38, 39, 44, 47, 51;Series III, Vols. 2, 3.

Additional information on the 137th can be found in the following references:
(these works are available many places and in particular Carlisle Barracks)

Dyer,Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton,OH:Morningside,1979.Ref
        See p. 1457 (1 photocopied page) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.

Joregenson,Jay. "Holding the Right:The 137th New York Regiment at Gettysburg". Gettysburg Mag 15:pp.60-67 (8 photocopied pages) E475.53G482no15.

New York (State). AGO. Annual Report...for the Year 1903. No.37. Albany,NY:Oliver Quayle,1904.pp.883-1028. E523.2N6no37.(Alphabetical roster of the regiment).

Monuments Comm.for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Hattanooga. Final report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg. 3 vols. Albany,NY : J.B.Lyon, 1900. E475.53N58.
        See Vol.1,pp.443-49 and Vol.3,pp.935-50 (24 photocopied pages) for a photo of the regimental monument at the Gettysburg national Military Park and addresses delivered at its dedication.

50th Inf.Rgt.Militia Natl Guard. History of the DeWitt Guard, Company, A, 50th Regiment National Guard, State of New York. Ithaca, NY Andrus, McChain, 1866. 192p. UA364.2.50TH.N4.

Phisterer,Frederick,comp. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Vol.4. Albany,NY: Weed and Parsons,1890. E523P582v4.         See pp.3593-3604 (12 photocopied pages) for a brief history of the regiment and a roster of officers.

The following pertinent personal papers are in the Institute's Manuscript Archive:

"Burt" -CWNisc Coll (Letters, Jan.6 & Dec.28,1863, presumably from Burtis J.Bayless)
Cousin,Abram -LeighColl Bk 4: 20 (Enlistedman's letter,Oct.25,1862)
Eggleston,Amb. -NorwichCWRTColl (Enlisted man's letters,Dec.25,1863 & Dec.24,1864)
Hyde, J.S. -NorwichCWRTColl (Enlisted man's diary,Jun.25-Jul.5,1863)
Roberts,E.F. -NorwichCWRTColl (Chaplain's letter to father of Charles H. Williams,informing him of Sgt's death)
West,Samuel-CWRTColl (Enlisted man's diary,Sep.22,1864-Jun.20,1865)

Carlisle Barracks also collects pictures. Their collection includes 66 pictures of individuals from the 137th. Follow this link to find an alphabetical list of those people.

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1 Source: New York at Gettysburg, page 109.